One of those "new" episodes that is so not Columbo and can't be enjoyed really... Maybe they tried to modernize the show too much... and instead they just made lieutenant betray himself . But I'm pretty sure the case often lied in miscasting. Why invite some young, unknown and unconvincing actors? Lots of fashionable props & c**p, noise of a music... this is not how I would want the final episode to be. I'd rather they stopped on Ashes to Ashes, at least veteran actors never let it sink this much
The Columbo murder mystery series comes to an end with the mediocre thriller Columbo Likes the Nightlife. When a freelance journalist is found murdered, the case leads Lt. Columbo back to a nightclub owner who's involved with an actress that the journalist was doing a story on. The acting is rather poor, and even Peter Falk seems to be phoning in his performance. The storytelling is also particularly weak, as the clues are extraordinarily obvious and the characters are underdeveloped. Additionally, the soundtrack is amateurish and uses generic club music that's extremely cheesy. Columbo Likes the Nightlife is an underwhelming crime thriller that tries to coast by on the old Columbo charm, but it's not all that compelling.
Not a great final entry - but interesting to see Columbo "modernised" into a more snappy, cool, fast paced affair. If Falk had carried on, perhaps entries of this style might have worked - but he is too battle scarred and weary for the attempt at a comedic contrast between his character and the young trendy cast and scenario to quite cut the mustard. The young villain is not supported by a particularly interesting plot - there seem to be lots of loose ends and developments that never go anywhere - and then the conclusion just comes out of nowhere - and is more of a spectacle than a carefully constructed conclusion to a complex series of clues. The writing here is just not good enough - and, if anything, it highlights how much love, care and craftsmanship goes into the really great Columbo episodes.
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